BEIJING, May 25 (Reuters) - There could be more power shortages than expected in China’s financial hub of Shanghai during the summer, data from the local power grid operator showed, as the country was expected to grapple with the worst power crunches in years.
Given expected peak summer power load of 28 to 28.5 gigawatts (GW) and maximum available load of 27.4 GW, electricity shortfalls would amount to 0.6 to 1.1 GW, the Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company said in a report on its website on Tuesday. (www.sh.sgcc.com.cn)
Local generators in Shanghai can produce up to 18.7 GW of electricity and the city has secured 8.7 GW of supplies from Anhui, Fujian, Sichuan, Chongqing and Hubei provinces, the company said.
On May 4, the grid firm said outside supplies totaled 8.9 GW, which left an output gap of 0.4-0.9 GW.
Severe droughts have cut down hydropower generation in Hubei, Sichuan, Chongqing and some other Chinese provinces and power shortages have hit many of the regions.
For a table of China's power shortage forecasts by region, click: [ID:nL3E7FT1LR]; for a related analysis, click: [ID:nL3E7FT1FC] Reported by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by David Chance